Del Mar program aims to help vets become college ready

Posted at 11:51 AM, Feb 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 13:30:03-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Veterans Upward Bound is a free program at Del Mar College designed to help military veterans become college ready, whether they new to college or returning to their studies.

Veronica Barbosa with the program met with KRIS 6 Noon Anchor Mike Gillaspia to describe the program. Also appearing was Christopher Munoz, a veteran who is a member of the program.

Del Mar College kicked off the program in 2018 and since then, assistance has been provided to more than 220 veterans.

The program is made possible by a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Through the program, eligible veterans can receive free assistance with:

· Admission tests such as the Texas Success Initiative

· Refresher classes in subjects like math, science, English, writing and foreign languages

· Entrance applications

· Applications for financial aid

· Academic advice and mentoring services

Only three other post-secondary schools in Texas have a VUB program.

More than 39,000 veterans in Aransas, Kleberg, Nueces and San Patricio counties may be eligible for the program, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Veterans can use the skills at any institution they choose to attend, whether it’s a two-year college, a four-year university or vocational/technical school.

The VUB program office can be found in the Harvin Student Center, Room 174, on Del Mar College’s East Campus at Baldwin and Ayers.

For more information, call 361-698-2643 or 2642, email Dion Krupa at or go to their Facebook page here.,